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Course Description

Shakespeare's tragedies, histories, and problem plays often display a kingdom in disarray with problems generated by the choices and actions of its king. This course will deal with two history plays (Richard II and King John) and what many consider his greatest tragedy (King Lear). What do these kings have in common? How do they differ? How do scenes shown in class on DVD affect your understanding of the issues and what is at stake?Required texts:Any editions of the Shakespeare plays listed above. Lecture (plus Questions)Facilitated DiscussionViewing Video(s)  
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